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Florida CCIM Chapter has eight districts working hard to serve your needs throughout Florida.  
 
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August 30-31
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Introducing Your 2016 
Florida District Leadership Team


JM Padron is the President and CEO of RE/MAX Premier  Associates and RE/MAX Commercial Associates, a large Fort Lauderdale-based Real Estate firm with over 70 agents, and a Commercial Real Estate company with approximately 15 commercial brokers. 


Bill Dehlinger, Director at KW Commercial Advantage Realty, demands excellence as a standard. With over a decade of commercial real estate experience, Bill has a proven record of building wealth for his clients throughout the Southeast United States. 


Mr. Sullivan , the President and founder of RJS Realty Group, has forty-three years of commercial real estate experience specializing in the disposition of investment real estate for major institutional clients including life insurance companies, pension fund advisors and REIT's; developers and high-net-worth private investors. 


Britt J. Rosen, CCIM serves as the broker for Mel Forman and Associates, Inc., located in Pinecrest, Florida. The firm participates in all phases of real estate transactions, including residential, commercial and industrial properties. 


Before moving into the Northeast Florida area in 1998, David Ergisi had ten years of Sales and Financial Services Management experience in Virginia, Washington DC and New York City. Upon leaving the automobile industry in 2007, David formed a commercial real estate development company in Jacksonville, where he developed several Shopping Centers in the Northeast Florida area. 


John Fifer brings a lot of real estate experience to Beck Partners, providing retail, office and investment sales brokerage services to Florida and Alabama. John got his start nearly 15 years ago in real estate, investing in residential properties while still in college. 


Since moving to Florida from Canada 30 years ago, Ron Struthers has been 100% committed to Real Estate Services and actively involved in New Construction, Property Management, Leasing and the selling of Real Estate in Southwest Florida.   


Amy Barrett is a Senior Associate of Retail and Land Services at Colliers International Tampa Bay serving the Pinellas County Florida markets. This St Petersburg resident joined Colliers International in 2013, after thirteen years of experience as a broker in Mississippi and Florida. 

 

The Nominations Are In!


The nominating committee is proud to announce the following Designees have been recommended as your 2017 Chapter Officers. You may click on the name of the nominee to view their profile.  

 President Elect -  Adam Palmer, CCIM
 VP Finance - Tina Marie Eloian, CCIM
 VP Operations- Terry Torres, CCIM
 VP Administration - Bev Larson, CCIM
 VP Education - Bill Dehlinger CCIM

Please cast your vote by July 15th by clicking on the ballot box below. You may vote for one of the above nominees or write in an eligible member. The qualifications for eligibility are stated below. 

ONLY DESIGNEES MAY VOTE
 
*Please note: Scott Lloyd, CCIM is the current President Elect and will automatically be nominated as the 2017 President.  

 Qualifications per the ByLaws;
  • Candidates for the office of President Elect shall have served as a member of the Executive Committee within the last three (3) years, or presently be serving as a member of the Executive Committee. Executive Committee composition, see Article IX, Section 4.
  • Candidates for Vice President Chapter Operations, Vice President Administration and Vice President Finance, and Vice President Education shall have served as a member of the Board of Directors, or Chapter Committee Chair, for at least one year within the last three years, or presently be serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chapter.

Designees May Click Below to Vote. 
Votes Must Be Received by July 15th
  




LandQwest Bolsters Team With Industry Heavy Hitters


Two former Colliers International Central Florida commercial real estate brokers have joined  LandQwest Commercial's capital markets/investment division.

Cynthia Shelton and  Kane Morris-Webster bring more than 55 years of combined commercial real estate experience to LandQwest. Shelton has been in real estate since 1975, spending the last decade at Colliers. Morris-Webster joined Colliers 15 years ago and became a partner in 2008.


 

Nine Florida CCIMs Recognized For Leadership, Dedication and Success


Nine of the commercial Realtors recently recognized by the Central Florida Commercial Association of REALTORSĀ® (CFCAR) are also active Florida-based CCIM Designees.


 

West Coast District CCIM Shares Expert Insights at ICSC-RECon Retail Workshop


Feasibility analysis makes the difference between whether commercial real estate transactions succeed or fail, according to CCIM Institute senior instructor  Gary Ralston, CCIM,  CRE, SIOR, who spoke at ICSC RECon in Las Vegas on May 22.

"Retail Real Estate Market and Feasibility Analysis" focused on how a feasibility study can help forecast potential outcomes before prematurely investing time and capital. The workshop explored the relationship between successful retail projects and the feasibility analysis.


 

Central Florida Real Estate Firm Expands, Opens Miami Office



Crossman & Company, one of the Southeast's largest retail leasing, property management, and investment sales firms, has expanded further into the South Florida market with the opening of a new office in Miami.
"Our services and expertise are perfectly tailored to the high demands of the South Florida market. As the challenges for national, as well as local and regional retailers increase, we have the tools, relationships, and knowledge to match them with the right property," said Crossman & Company President John Crossman, CCIM, CRX. "The growth isn't stopping, and we intend to help owners and landlords build upon it."



 

Legislatively Speaking...


Foremost on our minds for many years now, has been phasing out the sales tax on commercial leases, recognizing that this tax puts Florida at a disadvantage in bringing new businesses to Florida; since Florida is the only state that imposes this tax.

It is believed that cost of this tax to small businesses is approximately $1.7 billion each year.  Imagine the number of employees that could be hired and the improvements made in the workplace if this tax was finally abolished.  Florida Realtors and the Florida CCIM Chapter have worked closely with the legislature for several years, initially seeking to abolish the tax and gradually seeking to phase it out, identifying it as a business rent tax.  Once again, our efforts failed this year as the legislature elected instead to provide $428 million to offset higher property taxes.  Our lobbyists worked diligently on this issue, and, promise to lead the charge again in the next session.

On July 1st some rule changes in Florida's Building Code take effect.